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who wrote this song anyway??

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by kevibass, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. kevibass


    Sep 25, 2011
    has this happened to you?
    a guitarist brings a riff or lick or whatever to the band, you lay down a bass line the drummer puts in a beat, jam on it... but... the guitarist will claim, this is his song.
    now, a bassist brings something similar to the situation, you know, then the guitarist adds his whatever, same for drummer etc.. but magically it is now a group effort/song/jam. the egos of guitarists never cease to amaze me!
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999

    (Initially) The Doors, up front, agreed everything would be composed by "The Doors".

    Just watched a Cream docu...Baker (FWIW) was sayin' his ideas, Clapton's ideas...nada. The song would come out as "Bruce/Brown".
  3. markorbit


    Apr 16, 2004
    Never allow others to take your songwriting credit. It is where the majority of any real money will be and you will rue the day it happened should anything happen.
  4. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Arguably, whatever you contributed to the "jam" wouldn't have been created if the guitarist hadn't originally brought in his "riff or lick or whatever" that inspired you to contribute in the first place...so his idea was the seed, the inspiration, and to some musicians that alone constitutes songwriting credit.

    But that works both ways too, so if you brought in the original lick you have just as much claim to credit even though you are just a bassplayer.

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